Warriors fire blanks

HARARE – The Zimbabwe national football team made life difficult for themselves in their bid to qualify for next year’s African Nations Championships (Chan) after Sunday’s 0-0 draw with Zambia at Rufaro Stadium.

Ian Gorowa’s men are left with a huge task on their hands as they now need to go and force a scoring draw or win in Zambia next weekend if they are to qualify for their third Chan finals.

The Warriors, who have been to the last two editions of the competition, were unable to use their home advantage after failing to break down the Chipolopolo defence that was barely tested.

Judging by yesterday’s performance it will take a miracle for the Warriors to get the desired result in Zambia in the second leg.

Zimbabwe enjoyed most of the possession but the home said did little to put pressure on the visitors defence with goalkeeper Danny Munyau having an easy afternoon.

Despite seeing less of the ball for better part of the match, the Zambians had the upper hand in terms of creating clear-cut scoring chances and were unlucky not to get at a win.

The Warriors although started the match on front foot, it was not until midway through the first half that they appeared to have discovered their formation and created a few chances.

Tendai Ndoro had the first real chance for the home side when his shot went over the bar in the 21st minute following good exchange of passes between Peter Moyo and Masimba Mambare.

Smelling the danger for losing most battles in the midfield Zambian coach Herve Renard responded by pulling out Misheck Chaila for Sydney Kalume in the 22nd minute.

Zimbabwe’s best chance in the first half fell to the out of sorts Milton Ncube and Nelson Maziwisa, who failed to connect to a Masimba Mambare cross.

Chipolopolo came close to finding the opener in the 31st minute when the impressive Bruce Musakanya was allowed space outside the box but his effort went just wide.

After the break, the Warriors simply did not turn up for the remainder of the match except for a few moments of individual brilliance from midfielders Peter Moyo and Devon Chafa.

Gorowa’s substitutions also made the situation worse as the Zambian’s dominance on the match continued to grow.

Tawanda Muparati, who is more accustomed to a creative role in central midfield spent most of the time on the wing after coming in for Ncube at halftime.

The DeMbare captain only shifted to the centre after the introduction of Ali Sadiki, who replaced Mambare midway through the second half.

Chipolopolo created the better chances in the second half but their forwards Musukunya and Festus Mbewe failed to beat Tafadzwa Dube.

The two teams will clash in the return leg at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola on Saturday.

However, the draw was a bitter pill to swallow for the multitudes of fans that appeared discontented by the team's showing.

Teams:

Zimbabwe: Tafadzwa Dube, Erick Chipeta, Hardlife Zvirekwi, Blessing Chimwamuchere Eric Chipeta, Partson Jaure, Devon Chafa, Masimba Mambare (Ali Sadiki 66th min), Peter Moyo, Milton Ncube (Tawanda Muparati 46th min), Nelson Maziwisa (Dominic Chungwa 81st min), Tendai Ndoro

Zambia: Danny Munyau, Jimmy Chisenga, Frankson Kapumbu, Kondwani, Branson Chama, Bruce Musakanya, Evans Kangwa (Bornwell Mwape 46th min), Festus Mbewe (Moses Phiri 88th min), Kabaso Chongo, Misheck Chaila (Sydney Kalume 22nd min), Christopher Munthali,

Comments (2)

I think Gorowa should not completely discard Pagels ticka - tacka for the now aimless kick and rush football. We need to see a clear style which we can be confident in. So far I'm still strugling to see Gorowa's style of play.

Webhora - 19 August 2013

My concern is Gorowa can't improve players. Charles struggled with a position that Ncube also struggled with. This shows the coach struggles with position too. Maziwisa struggled for the second time and was given almost 85minutes this is not good for a national team. I now feel players are fine but Gorowa and his friends (assistants) are not national team material. Give them the saturday match to prove their uselessness.

STM - 19 August 2013

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